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Best trails in Damascus

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Looking for a great trail near Damascus, Maryland? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around South Mountain State Park or Patapsco Valley State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Sugarloaf Mountain Natural Area or Great Falls Park. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 5 easy trails in Damascus ranging from 1.9 to 6.1 miles and from 449 to 803 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Damascus
Top trails (6)
#1 - Logger, Purdum, Kingsley and Windy Ridge Trail Loop
Little Bennett Regional Park
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 12 m
#2 - Magruder Branch Trail
Damascus Recreational Park
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 2 h 42 m
This is an 8-foot wide hard surface trail. The first three-quarters of a mile parallels a park road and climbs gently up to a ridge while being mostly in the open sun. A few water fountains and restrooms can be found along it during the summer months. After reaching the ridge, the next half mile of trail enters woodland and drops to the Magruder Branch. The valley formed by the creek is narrow and very shaded. The trail goes upstream along the creek, crossing it several times on wooden bridges and boardwalks. The the bridges can be slippery when wet, especially for bikes. Gradually, the trail climbs again, crossing Sweepstakes Road. There is a switchback climb at the end up to Valley Park Drive. Along the trail, you may see deer and birds. Show more
#3 - Lewisdale, Purdum, Kingsley and Loggers Trail
Little Bennett Regional Park
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Length: 6.6 mi • Est. 2 h 59 m
#4 - Lower Magruder Trail From Damascus Recreational Park
Damascus Recreational Park
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 21 m
This is a natural surface trail that connects the Magruder Branch Trail to the Upper Seneca Creek Trail. There is no parking area at Log House Road. This trail is best used as a connecter. You'll walk through second-growth forest and may see deer and squirrels.Show more
#5 - Beaver Valley, Woodcock Hollow, Mound Builder
Little Bennett Regional Park
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 23 m
#6 - Little Bennett Creek
Oak Ridge Conservation Park
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 52 m